This is quite incredible: the PS5 has been available for over two years now, but it’s spent most of that time out of stock. Now platform holder Sony has finally got its supply chain in order, it’s unexpectedly discounted the device, with its God of War Ragnarok bundle available until 16th April, 2023 for $509.99. That represents a $50 saving on the MSRP.
The bundle’s widely available as well, from retailers like PlayStation Direct, Amazon, Target, and Best Buy – although there is the caveat this offer will only be honoured while stocks last. The platform holder set some pretty aggressive sales targets for the current fiscal year, and we’re going to assume this part of its final push to achieve them.
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If you haven’t picked up a PS5 yet, then there’s probably never been a better time to get one: the release schedule is stacked with awesome games, PSVR2 just greatly expanded the scope of experiences available on the system, and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is right around the corner. There are rumours of a revised hardware model with a detachable disc drive launching later this year, but this is unlikely to change much to the core experience.
Meanwhile, a hypothetical PS5 Pro has been teased by some tipsters, but it’s unlikely to arrive until late 2024 at the earliest – if it even exists at all. Sony did introduce the PS4 Pro at this point during the previous generation, but the PS5’s lifespan looks likely to be extended by the pandemic and the current economic climate, so there’s never been a better time to buy really.
I guess its a cut on the bundle, but still above base price. Wish the game included was a disk and not a digital code. I would not mind a second PS5 for the living room but don't care for digital code game bundles.
Edit: just noticed they also have the base unit in stock on Amazon.... that's odd... these no longer selling out? I know they said their stock issues were fixed, but didn't expect the thing to be easily found online.
@Tharsman There's been a huge increase in stock this year! It still does go in and out of stock, but much less so than before.
they will go agressive for this year get as many on the platform before abk deal hits GP
@Tharsman never satisfied it seems ?
@get2sammyb hmm well given that, I'll give myself till the end of the weekend to make some budgeting and decide if I should or should not pull the trigger on that second unit. My partner might appreciate it.
So they increased the price worldwide and now it's on sales in the US? I feel like we got screwed twice in Europe.
@stvevan we should all thank M$ for this 😂
@mrpunisher if you mean a single console is not enough, never. At my peak, I had 4 PS4s in the house so I could play games on any room I happened to be in. 🙃
Gave away one of them when I got the PS5... now I ... technically still have 4 PlayStations hooked up to different screens😅
@Tharsman enjoy your consoles buddy
@get2sammyb really too many really’s at the end there, really.
Hmm. Maybe they're trying to slowly clear stock to make room for this rumoured Slim/D-chassis model?
The generation hasn't even started and the consoles are already getting discounted.
mrpunisher always do.
Sounds like they're getting rid of overstock to make room for the new model and or new bundle. Also Sony fiscal year is about to end next week so trying to reach their target
I need to buy another one for downstairs in my work/lounge room. The purpose being my current room isn’t ideal for VR play. With my brothers, friends and others potentially playing it when we get together, I’m glad it’s starting to chip away at the price
Were in a depression rather our presidential leader wants to use the word or not. Inflation is at all time high and so is the cost of living jacked up. Their not going to sale as much as they would if they had made more at launch when we had extra money 2 years ago.
I actually bought PS5 on sale back in may last year, but it was actually bundle, so it was more like buying ps5 for retail price and two ps4 games at discount.
Thought about grabbing one until I realized I could spend $300 on a GPU upgrade and have a set-up that's pretty close to a PS5 in power.
Still, nice to see any sort of price dip on modern hardware. Especially after Sony jacked up the base price of the device in a bunch of countries. We might see them becoming more aggressive with price cuts if the Activision acquisition boosts Microsoft to an appreciable degree in the States.
I guess I'm the only one that read it as discontinued at first haha.
@Americansamurai1 I imagine it’s one final push to the fiscal target.
Glad to see the $499.99 two year old console discounted to the low low price of only $509.99. 😂
I’m sorry I just see it more as “Buy a 2 year old console at full MSRP, get a game, not of your choice, for only an additional $10”. 🤷🏻♂️
@rjejr people that like digital games, and want that specific game, might find it a good deal… then again those people might rather buy the all digital PS5 bundle that is not on sale…
Now you can get this bundle even in Germany for a reasonable price, and here PS5 was always costly and PS is the clear market leader. So I assume SIE overestimated the demand when ordering the manufacturing.
The price of ps5 actually gone up in my country, from about $580 to about $639 (with $20 discount from the online shop lol) when I bought it again about a month ago.
So…. Any UK discount?
For PS5 being readily available at RRP price and bundles starting to be discounted to be a good deal is certainly a positive sign.
Hopefully come November it will be possible to pick up a PS5 below RRP price.
Waiting on the redesign, hopefully not a fools errand. I just cannot stand the current design.
No price increase in the USA and now a little bundle price reduction.
They definitely trying to capture the American market more off Microsoft and Nintendo.
But as we rule a lot in Europe you can go get stuffed. 😂
@Ralizah You may get close to the power of a PS5, but good luck getting an SSD as good for a comparable price. That has been the bottle neck in some PC versions of recent games like Howgart's Legacy and Dead Space Remake (and a bunch of others too). More and more games are being developed with the SSD of the current gen consoles in mind, so I imagine that will continue being an issue until a comparable product becomes widely available.
@Tharsman Do it! I have two in my front room and a happy wife as a result 😁
The only thing that's rediculous is Sonys idea of familly which means we both need to sub to Psn to ensure my wife has cloud saves, and she's subbed to extra so she can play our installed games on either machine. It's still a faff for her to play my bought games like we are both playing Hogwats atm, and so she needs to change which machine is my 'primary' machine if she changes the machine she's using. It's all very poorly conceived and a far cry from Microsoft, which does family properly so you don't need to double subscribe and continually change machine status to share your games with your own wife.
Even with the above though, it's a real boon
This is an OK deal I guess. I don’t know why they don’t just start giving 6 months of Plus Premium with every console though. Player gets hundreds of games to make them feel they have a great deal, including the likes of Returnal and Demon Souls, and get locked into the ecosystem of free monthly games. Hell, half will likely auto renew by accident.
My trick is to look at the TV when I’m using it. That way I don’t even see the console!
Thats a good news.the sale is cool.50$ off the ps5 god of war bundle.im happy that its gonna be more years for the ps5.the ps5 is a excellent console.the god of war ps5 is on sale.next up make the ps5 digital and disc version ps5 on sale also.word up son
Hopefully we’ll see a ‘discount’ here soon…back to its original price
They should discount the PS4 too while they're at it. It would have a real shot at the best selling console of all time if Sony stopped thinking they are Nintendo for 5 minutes & drop the price.
@JohnnyShoulder Out of interest, what makes you say it's the type of SSD, specifically, that causes issues in PC versions of those games?
@LukeOS94 Nintendo is the Apple of handheld gaming, they charge what they want for what they want whenever they want. In my head Nintendo only has 2 kinds of bundles - themed consoles for new games that don't include the game, not even a download code, or non-themed consoles with the games that charge full MSRP of the game and console, even when it' s10 year old MK8.
I do consider this bundle to be a discount, but a discount on the game, as it still costs more than a standalone console. And there was a time when companies sold consoles w/ game at no extra cost, so even if this was $499 Id' still say it was a full cost console w/ a free game, not a discounted console.
In fact we would probably ALL say that.
@uptownsoul I know why the price is high, but unless the disc console itself goes on sale for $449 I see this as a discount on the game, not the console, as not everyone wants that game. 🤷♂️ Game will be $10 Black Friday, console will probably still be $500. Unless those "discless" versions are cheaper, which they should be.
@Tharsman "a good deal"
I'm not saying it's not a good deal, for peopel who want GoW:R, paying full price for a console and getting a free game with it has always bene considered a "good deal", and companies have done that for years. But when the price is more than the console itself I just don't see it as a console discount.
Nintendo has sold Switch for years during the holidays bundled w/ MK8, and I always see people refer to it as "Buy a Switch, get MK8 free." I never see people say, "Look, a discounted Switch".🤷♂️
@rjejr I don't really disagree with you, just noting as a bundle it's not a terrible one, especially at this price.
At the previous price it was a dumb bundle just forcing people to buying a game they possibly didn't want out of scarcity, because the sum of the game and the console was actually 1 cent higher than buying them separately.
I always felt a bundle should save you money, not cost you more, not even a cent more.
But anyways, agree, the header of this article should had stated "PS5 [Bundle] has been discounted for the first time".
@Titntin Consulted with my partner and they were actually rather indifferent about it (actually asked "why?"), they have quite slowly transitioned to be nearly exclusively PC gamers in the last 3 years, as they just feel it's the best way to play crafting/survival games like Valheim.
I still thinking about it for my own selfish reasons, but now thinking I'll just wait for the new model. One cool thing of my multiple PS4s is that once I entirely retire them, they all can go into my historical game console museum/shelf because they are all different models (launch/slim/pro) and would be nice if I get to do the same at the end of the PS5 life cycle.
@Tharsman I understand the pc thing, some game styles always feel better on one and I will always choose one for rts games.
I do envy you keeping your machines and I wish I had done the same. Having started with the original Atari VCS and not missed much since, it would have been quite the collection!
@Titntin I wish I still had most my old consoles. I still have my childhood NES and SNES, but no longer have my N64, Sega Master System II or my OG PlayStation.
Still have my PS2, Game Cube, Dreamcast, 360 Elite and practically everything I owned since.
My oldest siblings still has his childhood Magnavox Odyssey 2, still in the box. Been wanting to take it off their hands but no luck. Not hard to buy one online, even with box, but it would not be the one I grew up with, if that makes any sense. There is a lot more sentiment when one actually owned the thing for decades over just buying it.
I don’t see any point for PS5 pro this gen. If you look at these super powered PCs needed to achieve any kind of notable upgrade, it’s just not there. My bet is PS6 in 2027/2028.
I just picked this bundle yesterday! So excited to play it finally. I’ve never played a GoW game, so interested in giving it a shot
@Tharsman Yes I appreciate the sentiment. One of the machines I miss most is my handheld pc engine and though I could buy another, its not the same
I still have my ps2 and ps3 plugged in, but other than a few handhelds and the current gen consoles, they are all long gone.
I archive everything on PC of course (everything up to ps2), but emulation, wonderful as it is, loses some of the soul of playing on the original hardware. I'm not sure if that makes any sense and whatever is missing is pretty intangible, but I feel it anyway 😁
@Titntin I understand it, although I would much rather play most of those games emulated with at least 1080p graphics, I also love knowing I have the disks on my shelves.
@Ralizah It was discussed in a podcast I was listening to the other day. Apparently PC's with even high end graphics have been struggling when loading in certain areas of some games, leading to them stuttering.
The way the SSD's work in the current gen consoles take a lot of the grunt work from the CPU and RAM, something PC architecture has not caught up with in the same price bracket the consoles offer. Normally, 3 years after new consoles have come out is unheard of. The pandemic obviously didn't help.
That is my understanding of it anyway.
The title of this article is so misleading. I don't know if it was on purpose or just a typo, but it definitely lacks context.
@bighal Think it all depends on what the other game vendors do.
@JohnnyShoulder How much heavy lifting the SSD will need to do for the other components will also depend on what metrics you're targeting. In general, consoles have long punched above their technical weight because they're not multi-purpose machines like PCs.
Although it's worth mentioning that, oftentimes, games with performance hitches on PC also share those issues with their console versions. I believe Returnal suffers from minor issues on both PS5 and PC.
Even if the integration of the components isn't as efficient, I'm also not targeting higher resolutions with my build (I've never felt a particular need to shift away from 1080p monitors), and having the ability to tinker with performance options means I can avoid the 30fps caps in games like Gotham Knights and A Plague Tale: Requiem.
FINALLY! I can see the base PS5 by itself costing $450 USD this Black Friday, or $500 bundled.
Hopefully this is also a sign of the rumored PS5 Pro releasing in 2024 being true.
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